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How do a firewall's rules for individual programs work?

I kind of know that how a firewall's rules for IP/port work, but I have no idea how a firewall deals with individual programs. In other words, how does the firewall know a program wants to access the ...
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What, specifically, does the Windows Firewall do?

My understanding of the situation is that, when the Windows firewall is off, every port on the computer (all 65535 of them) is fully open. This means that any application running on the computer can ...
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hardware firewall placement

In a home office environment with cable internet, can a hardware firewall be placed in front of/upstream from a cable modem to also protect the modem from tampering by the isp or a hacker?
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How to restrict access to unwanted sites?

I use Ubuntu 13.10. I tried to used OpenDNS to restrict some websites. Unfortunately, I couldn't do that. I use AirStream 1200 USB modem to access WiMax internet. OpenDNS setting didn't work for me at ...
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windows firewall turns OFF automatically

It seems pretty weird but for some reason, the Windows 7 firewall turns off. After I turn the firewall on in the control panel, it seems that it turns itself off when I go back to the control after I ...
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IPTables default security rules for a gateway/router?

On a router such as dd-wrt or tomato, what would be some default iptables rules? I am asking for rules on a router/gateway - For example; blocking SYN flood attacks, or XMAS attacks. The basic ...
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How to check if a port can be accessed from the outside

I want to be sure that the firewall protecting the intranet is effectively rejecting/granting access to a port. I have no access to the firewall nor any other external machine. Is that possible at ...
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Testing Web Application Firewall Configuration (ModSecurity)

What is the best way of testing my Firewall configuration as i have deployed the Core Rule set provided by the OWASP. But my rule configuration was giving me too many false positives which i resolved ...
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Is rolling my own firewall on top of my normal firewall dangerous?

I'm thinking about playing with/learning about firewalls. It is easier for me to learn by building, so why not build a firewall? If I run it alongside my normal firewall, I'd get the normal ...
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How to setup an internal firewall

I'm hoping to get some advice on a project I've been asked to look after at work. I do all of the IT for a small company that sits inside of a larger corporation. We need to prevent access to ...
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Maximum protection on a computer network?

I would like to secure as much as possible a computer I am using to sync sensitive data files from work to my home pc. The syncronisation is being done by only 1 software is there a firewall to allow ...
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how to find out if a program sends data to internet (without permission)?

We have an application to save our customers data (some kind of CRM). This application has been written in Delphi and is a client/server application. This program apparently is sending out ...
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Assuming no MITM, is Gmail communication 100% secure and private?

I sometimes have to use my personal Gmail account from my company workstation, where I know for fact they are using content-aware firewall(s) like Palo Alto, and potentially other nasty things like ...
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Best practices for firewall hardware

I'm planning to implement a linux based firewall/router with at least 6 x 1Gb NIC's (network with ~300 computers/server with >=8 VLANs) Can anybody recommend hardware best practices (reference to ...
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Connections through Firewalls explained

I'm looking for a good explanation of how connections work through firewalls. I've got the idea of packaging(encapsulating) some protocol inside another one as its payload when tunneling. But what I ...
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Looking for a taxonomy of web attacks

I am working on semantic representation of firewall rules but could not find a good taxonomy of Web attacks in terms of HTTP protocol. I do find web attack classification i.e XSS attack, SQL attack.
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How is iptables useful to prevent attacks against a LAN?

I need some advice securing a LAN using iptables. I've found lots of examples on how to secure single host with iptables, including scanning ports, attacking using ICMP-flood and TCP-flood. These ...
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Securing a VPN connection

I'm new to this we want to install a new VPN connection that will be used to connect using Internet to some networks in the office the contractor want to use a" Cisco NAC Network Module or Cisco IPS ...
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Open Source tool to block email attachments

Is there any way to stop users from sending attachments over Gmail or any web based email including private mail servers, if internet access is through a Linux box running Ip Tables/Squid etc. We are ...
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How secure is blocking all incoming connections on my ADSL or cable router?

My router, an up-to-date ADSL Fritz!Box 7340 router with a fixed leased IP address, has been configured to block all incoming traffic. Assuming, for the sake of argument, no extra security is ...
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What needs to be done on a Citrix Netscaler to protect from SSL Renegotiation attacks?

I'm under the impression that the TLS/SSL renegotiation hack has been fixed. I'm not sure if the software has to be deployed on the server side, client side, or both. Based on this blog, TLS ...
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SSH Security allowing only certain users to connect to the server [closed]

I have set up a remote ssh server on the cloud. I am newb at these things and have managed to bypass the required firewall using SSH. Now I plan on giving the access to only 2 more friends of mine so ...
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Make firewall management public?

A friend of mine installed a new firewall software at his company. Sometimes he works from home, and also has to maintain the firewall. The firewall management software is a web site. My friend made ...
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Block all Nmap scan methods on Windows [closed]

How can I prevent someone from scanning my Windows box using Nmap? I used Comodo as my firewall but someone still can scan my box using Nmap and get some info like open services and OS detection.
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Should I use a firewall even though I am on a private vlan inside a data-center?

Working on setting up some new infrastructure and I want to configure everything so that it's as secure as it needs to be, but I don't want to worry too much about adding additional unneeded ...
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Why do outgoing rules have priority over incoming rules?

I've been spending the morning playing with my routers and I've checked one thing: All of them come by default with an implicit deny configuration for incoming traffic, that is all packets should be ...
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Handling security with sub-domains pointing to boxes

Generally, despite running hardware+software firewall combos and keeping every layer 7 aspect of the box secure, I don't like to disclose the direct IP addresses of our servers to the public as a ...
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Is an outbound firewall connection 'safer' than an inbound

We're trying to determine if pushing data through a firewall is more safe than pulling it. The data will be from SSIS to SSIS through the firewall. An advisor here has suggested that pushing the data ...
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IPTable Security between two servers

Is using IPTables to only allow traffic between two servers considered an acceptable practice? For example TCP traffic on a defined port. I realize this is referred to as an ACL but how secure is ...
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Whats a secure firewall rules using UFW?

On my Ubuntu server I have these services running: netstat -tlnp Active Internet connections (only servers) Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State PID/Program ...
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Correct way of establishing if the switch is sending syslogs?

I want to confirm through scanning means if the switch is sending syslog packets or not. What i did was run a nmap scan nmap -sV -p514 xxx.xx.xx.xx The result came out as closed. Does this ...
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Ignoring broadcasts to 10.0.0.255 using iptables

I'm trying to drop logging packets that are destined for 10.0.0.255 by using the following rules: $IPTABLES -A OUTPUT -d 10.0.0.255 -j DROP $IPTABLES -A FORWARD -d 10.0.0.255 -j DROP It ...
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Is the level of traffic normal against my blocked ports?

I was recommended by my brother to direct the question here about the level of traffic I get against several of my blocked ports. I run pfsense 1.2.3, router in bridge. Behind pfsense I have: 1x ...
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What security does an ISP provide for its customers?

I've heard that ISPs provide some kind of protection; using NAT and firewalls, to prevent hackers from using tools such as nmap to attack customers from over the Internet. What other technologies are ...
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Best practice for accessing management port of firewall

I'm in the process of setting up a bunch of servers at the other end of the world (well, 8 hours travel time) in a colocation place. The servers and firewall all have a remote management port (KVM, ...
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Are KIS 2014, Malewarebytes Pro and SpyBot sufficient to prevent internet attacks?

As mentionned in the title, I have KIS 2014, Malewarebyte Pro and Spybot installaed on my windows 7 (regularly updated). I regularly scan my pc for viruses and spywares and clean it with Glary ...
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Is there a supported way to run a custom log export script at boot time in Checkpoint's Gaia OS?

Specifically, we're using fwm logexport piped to logger to dump the audit logs in real time via syslog to our SEIM. It works great if the command is run manually (in the background) from the "expert" ...
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Does a network behind a NAT\modem firewall need a firewall?

Would it be justified for a business that is behind a SOHO router\WIFI to run a firewall such as PFSense, or is the firewalling capabilities in the router "good enough". For the most part the router ...
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fail2ban and iptables

Should fail2ban be the master of iptables rules? For example, should I setup my firewall rules along side the fail2ban rules, or should I have all my services configured and managed by fail2ban? ...
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Isolate a Virtualbox VM from local network [closed]

I have the need to isolate a virtual machine created with Virtualbox from the local network but I need to provide internet access to that machine. It is the first time that I face this kind of ...
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What are the basic implementations that make a network secure from the inside\outside?

Would you consider the following to be "basic hardening items" for network equipment and servers? VLANs Access Control (such as NTFS permissions) Patch Management System Host Firewall Anti-Virus ...
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Guidelines on out-of-band server management via integrated Lights-out services (iLO, iDRAC etc.)

Several CVEs (CVE-2012-3271, CVE-2011-4158, and earlier) point out vulnerabilities in remote server administration firmware; what are the guidelines on hardening this extremely useful component of ...
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Why wouldn't the reverse shell connect back using the same port that exploited the server?

The reverse shell payload from msf use a new port to connect back to the attacker, therefore if the target server has outgoing filters, attack would fail. i.e established server:ftp <-> ...
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IP Spoofing a threat?

Quick Security Question if i may. We have an internal Intranet system which is only accessible from a few internal vlans, our main external firewall blocks all access to the internal webserver – or ...
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Firewall audit log management tools

is there any free or open source tools that is able to collect audit logs from firewall in syslog format for monitoring purposes? There is 2 firewall in my organization and I would like to track ...
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Open source firewall with multi wan support [closed]

I use smoothwall express and also used IPCop. But now I need to have multi WAN support as I want to use a DSL and Cable internet connection together to increase my speed, specifically upload speed. ...
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How can I find the process that is trying to use smtp to send email?

Previously I asked Who (which process) is calling curl? and I got very good answers (this answer in particular) which basically replaces the curl binary with a shell script that logs each call to curl ...
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Power friendly home router, firewall, IDS/IPS setup?

For those that like to manage their own firewall and run IDS/IPS on their home networks, I'm curious - what are you using and is it power friendly? I used to have a shelf full systems doing various ...
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Comprehensive audit of firewall - is Internet truly not accessible?

We have many Linux servers in several co-locations over the world. By design, these machines generally should not be able to access the Internet. Depending on location and role, some sites may have ...
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How can I use a proxy appliance as HTTP Proxy & Reverse Proxy at the same time?

I have a BlueCoat ProxySG 810 appliance and want to use it as both an HTTP Proxy Server for clients on the Inside interface of a PIX 525 Firewall (OS Version = 8.0(4)) and a Reverse Proxy Server for ...